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Poster: Monte B Cowboy Date: Feb 9, 2013 10:00am
Forum: occupywallstreet Subject: The Dream is Out-Sourced & American Workers are Occupied

A worker these days checks parts of a laptop on a Hewlett Packard assembly line in Chongqing, China.

A worker in January 1981 checks parts of an Ampex tape recording system for USA Network in Alpine, NJ.

Tracking U.S. Manufacturing and Electronics Jobs as they disappear overseas!

In 1957, decades before Steve Jobs dreamed up Apple or Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook, a group of eight brilliant young men defected from the Shockley Semiconductor Company in order to start their own transistor business. Their leader was 29-year-old Robert Noyce, a physicist with a brilliant mind and the affability of a born salesman who would co-invent the microchip — an essential component of nearly all modern electronics today, including computers, motor vehicles, cell phones and household appliances. I think you can credit Bob Noyce for being the first technology entrepreneur CEO, in the sense that he built a company that was wholly dedicated to being on the absolute cutting edge of technology… perpetually. The zenith of that is probably Apple Computer in the 21st century. The prototype for that is Intel in the 1960's and Seventies, where you build a company that is purely technology driven. You're not even sure what industries you're gonna be building for after a certain point. You're just driving the technology forward at breakneck pace and seeing what emerges from it all and then coping with it. It's a very, very interesting business model that never existed before and really begins with Intel. By the time Intel introduced the microprocessor, the Santa Clara Valley bore little resemblance to the verdant farmland it had been 15 years earlier when William Shockley set up shop. The number of high-technology jobs in the area had increased ten-fold since 1959, and the population of San Jose — the valley's largest city — had more than doubled, to nearly half a million. As consumer applications for the microprocessor began to proliferate, venture capitalists rushed in — gradually replacing the military and NASA as the financial backbone of the industry. No longer would the area be referred to as the "Valley of Heart's Delight." After 1971 — that banner year for Intel — it would increasingly be known as "Silicon Valley" — a name soon to be synonymous with risk, technological innovation, and a new brand of the American Dream... a Dream that I was proudly part of; a Dream that provided a damned good living; a Dream that's as good as it gets...

watch Silicon Valley online at PBS

Today, The Dream is Out-Sourced and We Are Occupied!

Apple CEO Tim Cook waves to his Chinese Slave Workers on 29 March 2012 (Apple's Foxconn workers cannot wave back because it slows down the production line)

This post was modified by Monte B Cowboy on 2013-02-09 18:00:32

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Poster: Monte B Cowboy Date: Apr 9, 2013 9:35am
Forum: occupywallstreet Subject: Re: Homeless in Silicon Valley

This 6-minute video clip is a news story from Bill Moyers and Company on April 5, 2013.

In California's Silicon Valley, Facebook, Google and Apple have minted hundreds of new tech millionaires. But not far away, the homeless are building tent cities along a creek in the city of San Jose...

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Apr 9, 2013 11:18am
Forum: occupywallstreet Subject: Re: The Dream is Out-Sourced & American Workers are Occupied

That fence isn't to keep the workers from getting out; it's to keep others from getting in (or so said Mitt).

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Poster: Monte B Cowboy Date: Apr 10, 2013 2:04pm
Forum: occupywallstreet Subject: Re: The Dream is Out-Sourced & American Workers are Occupied

Mitt Romney didn't just call 47 percent of Americans moochers while being secretly taped at a high-dollar fundraiser. He also described where he spent his career sending American jobs (posted to the Daily Kos Labor on Sept 18, 2012):

"When I was back in my private equity days, we went to China to buy a factory there. It employed about 20,000 people. And they were almost all young women between the ages of about 18 and 22 or 23. They were saving for potentially becoming married. And they work in these huge factories, they made various uh, small appliances. And uh, as we were walking through this facility, seeing them work, the number of hours they worked per day, the pittance they earned, living in dormitories with uh, with little bathrooms at the end of maybe 10, 10 room, rooms. And the rooms they have 12 girls per room. Three bunk beds on top of each other. You've seen, you've seen them? (Oh...yeah, yeah!) And, and, and around this factory was a fence, a huge fence with barbed wire and guard towers. And, and, we said gosh! I can't believe that you, you know, keep these girls in! They said, no, no, no. This is to keep other people from coming in."
In the case of Apple (HP, Sony, Dell, Nokia, Microsoft and others) and their Foxconn workers, they put up scores of anti-suicide safety nets around every Foxconn building at every Foxconn manufacturing campus. Committing suicide at work by leaping off building rooftops will not be tolerated any more. My Homeless in Silicon Valley movie item includes photos of Foxconn's dorms and numerous anti-suicide safety nets. View these photos by looking in the "Individual Files" section, in the "Image Files" group, at the bottom of the web page.

Foxconn security erecting anti-suicide safety nets for their "workers"

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Poster: Monte B Cowboy Date: Apr 10, 2013 2:54pm
Forum: occupywallstreet Subject: Re: Google vs Apple -- American Workers are Occupied

Apple "occupation" vs Google "occupation"

Foxconn "wins the occupation" in both cases!

Google Glass will be made by Foxconn in Santa Clara!
(Credit: Stephen Shankland/CNET)
by Eric Mack for CNET News on March 27, 2013

Like so many other popular and much-coveted tech gadgets, Google Glass will be made by China's Foxconn -- but not in China. The Financial Times is reporting that Google's augmented reality specs will be assembled by the Taiwan-based company, also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry, at a facility in Santa Clara, Calif. Foxconn has contracts with many big names in the tech world to manufacture and/or assemble laptops, smartphones, and other consumer products in facilities around the world, including its massive, city-sized factories in mainland China. According to the report, the small scale, high cost, and complexity of Glass made it a good candidate for the "made in the USA" label.

Will Apple's iWatch be made by Foxconn in China like iPhones and iPads are?
by Peter Burrows & Olga Kharif for Bloomberg News on Mar 4, 2013

The global watch industry will generate more than $60 billion in sales in 2013, said Citigroup Inc. analyst Oliver Chen. While that’s smaller than the pool of revenue that comes from TVs, gross margins on watches are about 60 percent, he said. That’s four times bigger than for televisions, according to Anand Srinivasan, a Bloomberg Industries analyst.

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Poster: Monte B Cowboy Date: May 21, 2013 7:53am
Forum: occupywallstreet Subject: Re: Google vs Apple -- American Workers are Occupied -- May 21, 2013

Apple Corporation is 'among largest tax avoiders in USA' according to a US Senate committee. The Senate committee said Apple had used "a complex web of offshore entities" to avoid paying billions of dollars in US income taxes. -- May 21, 2013

"Apple Inc established an offshore subsidiary, Apple Operations International, which from 2009 to 2012 reported net income of $30bn, but declined to declare any tax residence, filed no corporate income tax return and paid no corporate income taxes to any national government for five years."

Irish-based Apples Sales International generated around $74bn (£48.5bn) in profits but "may have paid little or no income taxes to any national government on the vast bulk of those funds".

According to the senators on the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Apple transferred offshore into low-tax countries the economic rights to its intellectual property - its valuable and usually patentable knowhow - with the result that it avoided around $10bn (£6.5bn) of US tax every year (what the senators characterise as $44bn, or £29bn, of US tax avoidance over the past four years).

What is the point of all this? Well the senators point out that Apple has continued to accumulate vast amounts of cash in places other than the US, and those cash holdings now exceed an eye-popping $102bn (£67bn).

Why does any of this matter?

Well it is part of a broad trend of multinationals paying a much smaller proportion of public sector costs in all the world's developed economies.

In the US, for example, corporate tax generated 32.1% of all federal taxes in 1952. Today that proportion has fallen to a puny 8.9%.